Monday, February 23, 2009

Soup's ON!

We love soup at our house. I usually make a huge pot of soup on Sunday afternoons and that lasts us for most of the week. This week's soup was Roasted Garlic and Sweet Potato Soup.

Roasted Garlic & Sweet Potato Soup

6 large sweet potatoes

1 large cooking onion, chopped

1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil

1/2 head roasted garlic

6 cups reduced-salt chicken broth or bouillon

1 or 2 cups of water

Preheat oven to 350'F. Slice potatoes in half, lengthwise. Rub cut surfaces with olive oil and place cut side down on a baking sheet. On the same baking sheet, place a whole bulb of garlic and drizzle with more olive oil. Bake uncovered in center of oven until the sweet potatoes are soft, about 45 minutes.

Meanwhile heat olive oil in a saute pan. Add chopped onion and saute until clear and soft. Place in food processor. Remove half the potato pulp from the sweet potatoes and place in a food processor. Squeeze the roasted garlic into the food processor with sweet potato pulp. Run the food processor until a smooth puree forms. Place puree into a large saucepan and add remaining pureed potato pulp. Add broth and water until desired consistency. Cook on medium heat until thoroughly heated.
Nutritional Information per serving (Makes 10 cups):
99 calories; 3.5 g protein; 1.5 g fat; 18 g carbohydrates

I found the recipe in Tosca Reno's book "The Eat-Clean Diet". I have all of her books including "The Eat-Clean Diet for Family & Kids".

Also, last week Brianna Taylor won the Valentine's Day pack of Core'dinations cardstock and some Jillibean Soup products as well. She sent me her family's favourite homemade soup recipe as well. Sounds easy. I LOVE that!!!

2 packages taco seasoning
2 packages ranch dressing mix
1 10oz can crushed tomatoes
2 or 3 cans black beans with the juice
2 cans Mexican corn
2 cans Rotel brand tomatoes
1 lb of ground beef
Dump all into a big pot and add 2 cups of water. Simmer for 2 hours on a low bubble. Serve with grated cheese and a blob of sour cream. Enjoy!

Finally, I wanted to share what I made on Friday night. I was home alone. It was quiet. It was AWESOME!
This is a 6"x12" layout that I made from some of the photos that I took last Monday on Family Day. I am proud of the fact that Ontario has given us a day off work to celebrate being a family.

Supplies: Core'dinations cardstock (Snowflake white, Vintage - Asparagus), Jillibean Soup patterned paper, American Crafts Thickers (Typo/Peacock Blue), Making Memories felt flowers and buttons, Fiskars scalloped heart punch, Tsukineko ink, Glue Dots, Creative Memories tape runner, EK Success marker, kraft paper floral wire (dollar store), foam layering tape, date stamp, and hemp string.

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